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     Saturday, January 27 2007 @ 09:39 AM EST
    [Quote  by:  Mohan]
    I'd appreciate any help.


    I think you need to call Torchwood on this one Big Grin

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     Saturday, January 27 2007 @ 11:07 AM EST

    OK, for the 2TK knobs, those are to control the Two Track input. There is an input on the upper left of the back labled 2-Track with 4 ports with L & R, IN & OUT. If you do not have a tape deck connected to these, the 2TK should be off. The 2 TK to Mix controls whether this input goes to the main mix output, and the 2 TK to CTRL ROOM controls whether this input goes to the headphones and control room outputs.

    The back of the mixer (center top) also has Aux send and return ports. If you have an effects processor connected to these, then you would use the AUX A & B, otherwise keep these at zero (minus infinity on the knob according to the manual).

    HPF stands for High Pass Filter. This control will enable/disable the filter on that channel to reject low frequencies below 75 Hz from the inputs.

    If you are just using the one mic plugged into the 1st channel, then try turning the LEVEL 1 knob a bit to the right to increase the level of the mic. You may also be able to do this in the software you are using to record and/or your operating system's sound control panel as well.

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     Saturday, January 27 2007 @ 07:23 PM EST
    Thank you for the feedback, however, I found some instructions for the Alesis and they conflict with what you listed above. Here's what I found:

    "MultiMix 8USB:
    1. Turn down the LEVEL, MAIN MIX, and HDPH/CTRL RM knobs.
    2. Make sure that the 2 TK TO CTRL ROOM button is DOWN and the 2 TK TO MIX button is UP, otherwise you’ll hear feedback when you turn up the MAIN MIX
    knob later.
    3. Connect the 2 TRACK OUT of the mixer to the 2 TRACK IN with a stereo RCA cable.
    4. Set each channel’s GAIN and LEVEL knobs so that you’re getting good level without lighting the PEAK indicator on the mixer.

    The MAIN MIX knob now acts like a mastervolume knob for all your mic/line inputs. Adjust this knob until you’re getting good levels into Cubase (recording software). The HDPH/CTRL RM knob now controls the loudness of your headphones (or
    studio monitors), but does not affect recording levels in Cubase. You can set this level to a comfortable setting (or even off) without affecting what gets recorded into Cubase.

    Click here to listen to a test I did today with the new equipment. (I talk about Magic the Gathering cards so it's not Doctor Who but, after about a minute you'd get the idea of the sound quality.)

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     Saturday, January 27 2007 @ 09:04 PM EST

    I was working under the assumption that there was nothing connected to the 2 Track I/O ports. If the instructions say to connect them with an RCA cable, then what you found there is the right way to go and definately supercedes my assumptions. I just perused the Quick Start Guide and looked at the diagram there. That mixer seems to be a bit overkill for a one-handed podcast, but it gives you a lot of room if you plan to have a number of guests on your podcast.

    There seems to be nothing wrong with your little test cast. Good luck with your podcast. All hail the Goblin Balloon Brigade!

    Taras

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     Sunday, January 28 2007 @ 07:03 AM EST
    Tarashnat, thank you for your input. In the past, I've had other guests on the show and I like having the ability to expand if I need too (saves time in having to buy more equipment in the future). I've been doing my little podcast since November 2006 so with 47 shows under my belt I wanted to do start moving up to the next level. Plus, it's great experience to teach myself something new that I've never done before. Thanks again for the feedback. And, heck, now I can put together great Podshock mixes of 42 minutes of Louis saying "Podshock" and cool techno music. (I have to say when I heard that yesterday I really laughed hard. It was just cool in a funny sort of way.) Smile

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     Sunday, March 04 2007 @ 04:31 AM EST


    So how is the Alesis working out? I have recently been reconsidering getting this again, but I have been a bit weary due to some negative feedback I read about it. Overall the feedback has been mostly positive, but a few negatives had me concerned. Such as the mixer is a bit "noisy" with audible hum and pops when used with the USB. Another wrote that he has to first connect it to his Mac and then reboot for it work each time he uses it (which seems a bit odd to me).

    Therefore I am also considering Behringer's mixers as well, such as those in their Xenyx line.

    Alesis is still very popular, and something has to be said about that, so again I am curious on your results.

    Cheers,
    Louis

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     Sunday, March 04 2007 @ 05:38 AM EST
    I've only positive things to say about the mixer. I've been using it for a while now and, at first, I was having problems with echoing. But I learned that I simply needed to set the mixer each time to a setting of 15 to get rid of the echo. Each week when I record, I pull the mixer off a shelf, setup the microphone on a boom stand, and keep the laptop on my lap, plug everything in, and I'm good to go. I'm liking the sound quality. To listen to some samples, just listen to one of the last few shows: www.themagicsock.com

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     Sunday, March 04 2007 @ 03:13 PM EST


    Thanks Mohan. Perhaps I will pick it up after all... Hey, do you have a promo for your podcast that we can run on ours? If so, send it over or let me know where to find it.

    Cheers,
    Louis

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     Sunday, March 04 2007 @ 05:33 PM EST

    There are so many variables when dealing with an audio recording setup, that unless one has a good handle on all the equipment connected in any individual setup it is hard to pin a problem down to an individual element. The pops and hum may be the mixer, the mic or even the computer. A very sensitive mic will pick up a hum from the computer's fan, for example. Pops may be due to the way a person speaks into a mic (w/o a pop filter), etc.

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     Wednesday, March 07 2007 @ 08:07 PM EST
    Louis, thank you for the offer to play a promo of my podcast. I just need to make time to make one! Smile I was recording this week's show at 5:30 am this morning before work so I feel your pain with working so much and trying to make time to put Podshock together.

    Thank you for all your hard work.

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     Wednesday, March 07 2007 @ 10:16 PM EST
    [Quote  by:  Mohan] Louis, thank you for the offer to play a promo of my podcast. I just need to make time to make one! Smile I was recording this week's show at 5:30 am this morning before work so I feel your pain with working so much and trying to make time to put Podshock together.

    Thank you for all your hard work.


    Thanks... and you're welcome.

    Whenever you have one, just send it my way (or let me know where to fetch it). Hey I understand all too well. It took us more than a year and half before we put together our second promo.

    Now it is already after 10pm... and I am going to see what I can do with putting together the next episode... My hopes on getting it out tonight seem a bit slim now.

    Cheers,
    Louis

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     Friday, March 23 2007 @ 06:34 AM EDT
    Louis,

    Spill the beans. How did you change your setup for the latest Aftershock? Sounds fantastic!

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     Friday, March 23 2007 @ 08:09 AM EDT
    [Quote  by:  DarthSkeptical] Louis,

    Spill the beans. How did you change your setup for the latest Aftershock? Sounds fantastic!


    Here's the new mixer now being used for the podcast, an Alesis MultiMix8 FireWire mixer...



    Along with a new microphone (as seen here below, sans girl singing), an AKG Perception 100 (with shockmount. I have the pop filter, but didn't use it with the latest Aftershock, I am not sure if I need it as my "p"s were not popping)...



    It sounds good. It was through a package deal, which was the same price of the mixer alone. So in a sense, it is as if I got the microphone for free.

    What was heard in the Aftershock is pretty much the new mic, as I was only using the single channel track out of the mixer for it, and not using the mixed output from the mixer.

    I had considered the MultiMix 8USB (as seen previously in this thread) for some time, but I wanted to have the ability to mix audio from the computer in the mixer at the same time, which the FireWire mixer would allow.

    By the way, I did start this message to announce the new gear last night (err... a few hours ago - earlier this morning) shortly after finishing that Aftershock episode... but I took a break from the computer to watch a little TV and zonked out immediately. I just woke up... but now it is kind of too late to go to bed -- sigh.

    Cheers,
    Louis

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     Friday, March 23 2007 @ 09:46 AM EDT

    I fell asleep playing with a new toy as well... an AppleTV!

    Nice mixer...

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     Friday, March 23 2007 @ 11:42 AM EDT
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    I fell asleep playing with a new toy as well... an AppleTV!

    Nice mixer...


    Mine came this morning. Mr. Green It is syncing up as I type this... I just wish it had a larger hard disk capacity.

    Cheers,
    Louis

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